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December 23, 2012 - Advent 4, series C

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Old Testament, Micah 5:2-5a for the Advent 4, series C, December 23, 2012.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article V, page 130.

For those whose hearts are heavy with regrets and guilt, and fear of God's wrath, Micah's message of a ruler from Bethlehem that shall be our peace is great news! Peace with God means forgiveness and reconciliation.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDADVENT 4, SERIES C
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSIONARTICLE V, LOVE AND FULFILLING THE LAW

The will commands the intellect to agree with God's Word. We say also, "Just as the terrors of sin and death are not only thoughts of the intellect, but also horrible movements of the will fleeing God's judgment, so faith is not only knowledge in the intellect, but also confidence in the will. In other words, it is to want and to receive that which is offered in the promise, namely, reconciliation and the forgiveness of sins." Scripture uses the term faith this way. Paul says in Romans 5:1, "Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." In this passage, to justify means to acquit a guilty person and declare him righteous. But this happens because of the righteousness of another, namely, of Christ. This righteousness is given to us through faith. Therefore, since our righteousness is the righteousness of another, we must here speak about righteousness in a way different than in philosophy or in a civil court. (There we seek after the righteousness of one's own work, which certainly is in the will.) It says in 1 Corinthians 1:30, "He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness..." In 2 Corinthians 5:21, "For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God." In other words, we are made acceptable to Godů (pars. 183-186)



Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright 2005,2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of CONCORDIA, call 800-325-3040.

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